PUNTA GORDA Fla.- Early Sunday morning a shot rang out in downtown Punta Gorda. Several people had gotten into an argument in a local bar that had spilled out into the street. As one group of people went to leave in a dark Mitsubishi Gallant, one of the passengers fired a round that struck a bystander who was sitting on a bench nearby.
Jeff Bell, a former Marine and served in Afghanistan, witnessed the woman get hit and jumpped into action. "I assessed the situation, saw that she was hit, and ran over to help out," he said.
Bell helpped the woman by applying pressure to her wound and trying to keep her calm until authorities arrived. After the police arrived, they established a crime scene barrier using caution tape and moved everyone outside the crime scene area.
Bell admits that he crossed into the crime scene area a couple of times in an effort to get more information about the shooting. After being warned a couple of times by police, Bell was arrested and charged with obstruction. Bell admits that he may have been out of line by crossing the tape, but says that he was only trying to help out.
Captian Tom Lewis with the Punta Gorda Police Department says that Bells arrest was unfortunate but necessary. "It's always unfortunate when good people get arrested, but the bottom line is he comitted a crime".
Police are still looking for the black Mitsubishi involved with this shooting. If you know anything about it you can call crimestoppers at 800-780-TIPS.